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Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 11:30am EST
research. kil, cities across the country saw declining sales takes revenues, declining tax ref news as people's homes reduced in valley. value. >> a lot of cities are experiencing fiscal stress but i want to reiterate bankruptcies are rare. those who issue debt in the credit market only 10 a year going "g" into bankruptcy. while fiscal stress is a chief concern, bankruptcy is still a very rare phenomenon. >> is it stuffer at a time when the economy is not robust when the state's in which these cities and counties are located are also feeling a lot of strain, is it tough for put these restructuring deals together? >> the state plays a significant role in the fiscal health of the city. they offer state aid to local governments. that makes up a third of the city revenues. when cities cut back due to their own fiscal pressures local governments experience a lot of fiscal squeeze as well. >> are there fewer good choices when you're finally pushed to make a bankruptcy declaration. >> bankruptcy is a measure of last resort. joining anybody enjoys having to papaying pensioners, or putting cops
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 7:00pm EST
internet sales taxes. today the justices rejected an appeal regarding a new york law that requires companies to collect state taxes. amazon and overstock.com fought back and instead they brought broader federal legislation to collect from online retailers $1 million from south of state bills. the bill passed the united states senate but remained stuck in the house of representatives. that is even a bigger problem for the company given that there will not be any relief at the supreme court. two months and 400 software bugs later the obama administration said the self-imposed deadline for fixes healthcare.gov has been met for the most part. but it's the glitches that some cannot see that has consumers worried. >>> and trading your money in your 401k. some analysts believe it's a great way to increase your nest egg. others say its gambling with your golden years. it's "real money." stay tune. (vo) al jazeera america we understand that every news story begins and ends with people. >> the efforts are focused on rescuing stranded residents. (vo) we pursue that story beyond the headline,
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 6:00pm EST
they're looking at airline fees, don't call them taxes. no one likes that word around here. but they'll be looking at user fee replacements. this is a small bargain, it is not a dig beal but it is something at the time when members of congress has not been able to come up with much. it is seen as a bit of a breakthrough. they're naming this bill the bipartisan budget act. that says a lot of what they would like this to translate into in terms of how to sell it to respective caucuses. the house is supposed to gavel out on friday. they only have a few more days to work and they were deadline was to get the bill released today, filed, and move forward with both the house and senate voting on it. >> we're going to hear a lot about this being done at the last minute, and this bill is going to be crammed down our throats. we're not going to have an opportunity to read through it line-for-line. i wonder where the stumbling blocks are likely to come over the next few days. >> reporter: we did hear concerns along those lines. congress we interviewed those who serve on appropriation commi
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 5:00pm EST
the spending caps in place. we won't raise taxes, and i think we can tackle that over the next couple of days. the most recent gallop polls showed 9% of americans approve of the job that congress is doing. that's the lowest level in modern history. congress has passed 115 bills since january. >> every on single one of these bills have been blocked by washington and the democrats. they continue to stand in the way of the people's priorities. >> reporter: the list of legislation still to be accomplished clue includes the m bill. it expires january 1st. the house and senate are still billions apart on snap, the food stamp program. one of the sticking points has been what to do about dueling probations dealing with sexual assaults in the military. unless congress acts unemployment benefits will expire on 1.3 million americans. >> it's not just the right thing to do for our families. it's the smart thing to do for our economy. >> reporter: president obama used his radio address this weekend to push for an extension. house speaker john boehner said he's open to legislation to continu
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 7:00pm EST
people at the top that have gotten much of the wealth? should we be taxing them more? >> that's a very important part. now if you look at estate taxes over the last ten years it has been on the decline. because the government has allowed wealthy government to pass more and more of their income on to their children and grandchildren. so that's a big issue. a lot of people in the top 10 of 1%, her not getting a paycheck, a lot of them are getting from investment returns. one thing about that is capitol gains taxes, taxed at a lower rate. and also if you look at wall street, and what's happening, in the dough jones and the s&p 500, you will see a lot of those returns are doing incredibly well. >> is there one thing that people at the middle income, or low income levels can do to dig themselves out? >> that's a great question. we focus on the individual, the one thing we really believe is that individuals have a tremendous power, to change their financial futures. if they just follow certain steps. everyone has a different story, things like living within their means. things that are much
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 1:00am EST
take up a challenge to the new york law allowing the state to collect sales tax on outer state companies. are higher bills ahead and are the justices a group of grinches. what do black friday and cyber monday say about the state the economy. let's nask "fortune" magazine claire zillman about this. what does this mean for online shopping. will it make it expensive in the future? >> it's evolving. the supreme court decided not to take up this decision. it backs on to a 1992 supreme court which is out of date, dealing with a catalogue merchant. the most notable decision is a 2008 law by new york state alog the state to collect sales taxes through online retailers even if they didn't have a physical york. >> there could be federal law passed. the senate and the house are looking at a lou deciding taxed. >> in not taking up the issue, it sort of looks like the supreme court deferred to congress, and the senate this past spring passed a bill in line with the new york law allowing states to collect through retailers without a physical presence. >> that will be a big hit for consumers.
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 5:00pm EST
that may happen. tax increases, spending increases at the federal level. so many possibility it is difficult to disentangle-- >> is it really had a hard if millions of people have more money to spend we don't know what the effect will be? >> sure' we're talking about 300 million people and 15 million would be independentin benefitingfrom the wage increas. so in the context it will b be a small number. >> we are it will be a shot in the arm to the macro-economy, but it won't be huge. it would shift $35 billion to minimum wage workers. so the economy is 15 trillion-dollar. so it will generate jobs when those people will spend that money. but it's not a jobs program. it's a wage program. that increase, that economic activity, those people will spend that money. it will increase the amount for foods and services. who produces the goods and services? more workers, more workers will be willneed to be hired. >> and richard, help me out here. will you be less reluctant to add another worker or two on a shift if your marginal costs per hour have gone up 10% to 25%? >> well, you have to put
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 2:00am EST
and insurance and tax credit individuals are eligible more. the huge problem, many of the insurers are not getting the correct information on the form. it was a big question at the white house. jay carney had this to say. >> we had instituted a number of significant fixes to the 834 forms, which are these - that's the vehicle by which information is transmitted to the issuers. we believe that the majority of fixes to 834 forms, we expect the injoe to be vastly ipp sured. we'll work with issue ers to make sure remaining problems are fixed. >> it is now crunch time, three weeks until december 23rdrd. if you're going have insurance by january 21st, the effective date of the obamacare, then you have to enrol by december 23rdrd. if you are in the individual market place, if you don't get your insurance through an employer, you'll have to log on to healthcare.gov. still experiencing a lot of problems, and now it's cunch time. >> tensions are riding in thailand. protesters demanding the prime minister's ousting filled the streets of bangkok. police put up barricades after nine days of violent
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 2:00pm EST
in new york city, killing four people. >>> is something else ailing obamacare? >>> taxing online sales. the supreme court has its say. >>> federal investigators are now looking at the black boxes of a train that derailed in new york city on sunday. they want to know what caused the train to jump the tracks, killing four people and injuring dozens more. crews cleared the tracks so service could resume on one of the busiest train lines. jonathan, good afternoon. how are the cleanup efforts going right now? >> well, stephanie, i would say crews are on the final stretches of work, at least here on the scene they brought on a out a cadaver dog. they uprighted most of the cars at this point. this is the final car. if you can see through the bushes here you'll see that final car there. they were just able to upright with these large cranes that they've been using and they've been hauling the other cars away. in fact the one you've been looking at, the earlier video, this is the car that was just inches from the water, where near where the hudson and harl rivers meet. that fourth person
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 2:30am EST
change... tax policy... the economy... iran... healthcare... ad guests on all sides of the debate. >> this is a right we should all have... >> it's just the way it is... >> there's something seriously wrong... >> there's been acrimony... >> the conservative ideal... >> it's an urgent need... and a host willing to ask the tough questions >> how do you explain it to yourself? and you'll get... the inside story ray suarez hosts inside story weekdays at 5 eastern only on al jazeera america when i first knew we were going to be homeless, i checked with different state agencies. i got turned down because they were so overwhelmed and pull, you would have to call every nighty let us know you need housing. but there's already a waiting list, and then they say you can only stay there two months and then after that you are out again. >> welcome back, we are talking about a kind of homelessness, we rarely speak of. school aged kids and their families living in their streets, hopping to shelter to shelter. according to the american al ma'am knack, one third of those that use shelters every yea
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 11:30am EST
, taxes were slashed for the wealthiest, while investments that make us all richer, like schools and infrastructure, were allowed to wither. and for a certain period of time we could ignore this weaken economic foundation, in part because more families were relying on two earners as women entered the work force. we took on more debt. but when the music stopped and the crisis hit millions of families were stripped of whatever cushion they had left. as the result is an economy that has become profoundly inequal, and families that are more insecure. since 1979 when i graduated from high school, our productivity is up by more than 90%. but the income of the typical family has increased by less than 8%. since 1979 our economy has more than doubled in size. but most of that growth has flowed to a fortunate few. the top 10% no longer takes in one-third of our income. it now takes half. whereas in the past the average ceo made about 20 to 30 times the income of the average worker, today's ceo now makes 273 times more. and meanwhile the family in the top 1% has a net worth 288 times hire -- h
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 6:00am EST
famed ballet and find out why you may have to pay sales tax for everything you buy online and the fight over food and they are considering cutting subsidies to some of the world's poorest people. ♪ ♪ good morning and welcome back to al jazeera america and i'm thomas and coming up, in a moment the verdict in the terrifying attack on the director of a dance company of the russian ballet and let's see what temperatures we will see across the nation and here is metrologist nicole mitchell. >> i should apologize for it and don't shoot the messenger and it will be brutal in the north and billings and we pointed this out yesterday morning and i was saying it's 40, enjoy it while you have it, it has done nothing but go down since and during the day yesterday and now at 14. the temperatures will continue to go down today, not up, during the heat of the day so to speak so we will have single digits by later this afternoon. so this is what is happening, with the front coming in it's going to just keep funneling the cold air in so some of the temperatures that will be single digit today w
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 9:00am EST
significant. young people have been big victims with government getting bigger, taxes going up, what do you find in europe? very, very high levels of youth unemployment. hello? same thing's now happening to america's young people. i think the lack of upward mobility is a huge stachallenge, nots just for young people, for lower income people generally and obama thinks the answer is to make government bigger. >> that's, i think, what caused the problem. >> i want to get to that in a moment. david, based upon what we have seen, it seems he is not concerned about the did he hade let's listen to that. >> we should not be stuck in a stale debate from two years ago or three years ago. a relentlyly growing deficit of opportunity is a bigger threat to our future than our rapidly shrinking fiscal deficit. >> david, rapidly shrinking, the deficit is going down. $17 trilli $17 trillion debt and a deficit higher than the one he received from his predecessor? >> the debt is higher. we would be in much better economic shape and young people would have better job opportunities if we weren't shrinking so fa
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 5:00pm EST
so that coverage can be obtained. and also to the treasury department so that any appropriate tax credits can be submitted to the insurance company for appropriate information. >> so that interaction between the federal and your state had to work in order for people to make a successful purchase, is that right? >> that's correct. one of the things that connecticut has done, however, we reduced the number of service calls required by 50% up front because we've always wanted to be as self reliant as possible. >> now they're talking about the possibility of errors that go as far as people who think they've completed enrolled. are you worried of people showing up at the doctors after the first legal day after january 31st, and finding out they don't have healthcare insurance? >> we're actually not worried about that. we've been testing the 834 file transmissions with the health plans beginning last summer, and we're very confident that that will not happen or should not happen. >> do you also rely on the federal government to pay some of the credits towards full coverage that some of
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 11:00am EST
inclined to take medicare and medicaid patients. and there are a number of tax provisions set to expire at the end of the year. congress often comes in and goes back and deals with some of that unfinished business, but they would love to get it done now. also the farm bill, that includes the food assistance program, or snap, and the defense bill. the national defense authorization act. and budget negotiations, stephanie. this is one that everyone is watching. because the last time congress couldn't come to terms we saw that government shut down back in october. they would like to get some work done now to get some ground work laid, stephanie. >> a lot of important stuff to deal with and not a lot of time. libby thank you. >>> mexican authorities are searching for a stolen truck carrying extremely dangerous radioactive material. it was taken on monday. it's not clear how much of the material was in the truck or who may have stolen it. cobalt 60 is used in cancer treatments but could also be used in a dirty bomb. >>> vice president joe biden is in china, but they haven't spoken pub
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 11:00am EST
. it would control and run its own schools with its own tax revenue. >> a new city for you guys, this is strictly about education? it's 100% totally about education. we didn't come into this saying we want to create the 5th largest city in louisiana, we came into this saying we want to take accountability for the schools in our area. >> but critics say st. george would take more than just accountability. a report commissioned by the baton rouge area chamber warns the break up would cost the city at large 53 million dollars, 20% of its budget. and it would futher segregate the city. baton rouge is already majority black, st. george would be a majority white by a 3 to 1 ratio. >> so now we would have white kids going to school over here on this end of the parish, white kids going to school over there on the other end of the parish, and in the middle, we'd have just the black kids going to school. >> there's also a major income disparity. residents in baton rouge make an average of 58 thousand dollars a year. in the much more affluent st. george area, the average income is 90 thousand. >
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 1:00am EST
... tax policy... the economy... iran... healthcare... ad guests on all sides of the debate. >> this is a right we should all have... >> it's just the way it is... >> there's something seriously wrong... >> there's been acrimony... >> the conservative ideal... >> it's an urgent need... and a host willing to ask the tough questions >> how do you explain it to yourself? and you'll get... the inside story ray suarez hosts inside story weekdays at 5 eastern only on al jazeera america power of the people until we restore >> evey sunday night, join us for exclusive, revealing, and suprizing talks with the most interesting people of our time. next sunday, >> i spent my whole life thinking about themes and thinking about how to structure movies, so this is highly unusual. >> the director of the sixth sense, says there are five things we can do to fix education in america >> the united states has education apartheid, that's the facts... >> talk to al jazeera with m. night shayamalan next sunday at 7et / 4pt on al jazeera america >>> you said that you would be happy to go to geneva peace talks if
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 12:30pm EST
because our tax dollars are used to subsidize ingredients in junk food. and junk food is engineered to be addictive to take advantage of our basic biology. schools should be doing what they can to level the playing field so our children can love foods that love them back. >> what can schools do to level the playing field? >> what i would ask, the photos--i've seen plenty of them, take a look at what is offered versus what the students take on their tray. that's where parents can make a big difference. generally when i see a picture of a student tray, something they've selected it's missing the very fruits and vegetables that we wish they would take and that are available. when you think about school lunch, think about what is offered and that's where parents can help. the second part of this puzzle for me is that we really are operating a business within a school district the way things are set up. >> we have 10 seconds. >> we have to pay for indirects, custodial, all these things to make things work. we need the paying student. we need all of the students to make this puzzle work for us.
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 3:30am EST
like the tax code. but the immediate cycle right know, you see low quality job creation in the early faces of the cycle. that's endemic. the reason for that is it was the low quality jobs that tended to be shed during the that time. >> we've really seen manufacturing jobs which are really strong middle class jobs that can get you i in better houses. we have better health workers. can we sustain with these service oriented jobs as opposed to more valuable jobs? >> the economy has shifted gears, and the gdp is stabilizing. this weaker policy engineer by the fed. >> this is a productivity issue because manufacturing dollar value increases. it's manufacturing worker and manufactures more than it did in 1979. >> absolutely. there has been productivity increase, but what we see in the cycle may seem counter institute i have. productivity has stalled. it is 5. you may think that's bad news for the economy. over the long run that's true but in first lo but low productivity growth is an omen. >> good to see you. six big global banks accused of colluding to create line libor, setting the inter
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 7:30pm EST
overwhelming consensus from our community, that tax money has not been used well. says taxpayer money isn't being used effectively, combating child homelessness. you know what the government should give back to the. lynn, on facebook, open some of these abandoned old hospitals and big old churches and give these people homes. and final hi again, obama is well aware of the kids, however she blames congress that has obstructed every job bill, cut food stamps and education funds. >> there have been choices to be made, richard back in 2002, hud made a decision to focus on chronically homeless single adults and that was supposed to save enough money to fight family homelessness, but there are still half a million parents and kids without a roof of their head. >> i think prior distribution has focused on the goal of ending prior homelessness, and not had a strategy focused on how to address homelessness of all types. so when this administration came into being, and we set a plan for ending homelessness, that plan is known as opening doors and we set four goals of ending homelessness, the first is
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 5:00am EST
the tax and the former prime minister convicted of abusing his power. >> reporter: they were here occupying government house for three months and the prime minister at the time they were trying to force out was the brother in law of the leader and at the moment the protesters are staying outside the fences and the buildings are gathered by security forces. soldiers are symbolically standing in the background for now but this is a country that is seeing a lot of army interventions and politics, something that would be welcomed again by protesters who want an appointed leader to run the country but the goals are unclear and this was to be their final day it seems they are settling in for another long fight, wayne in bangkok. >> reporter: we are live from government house and scott antigovernment leaders urging followers to stand their ground, parliament has been desolved and early elections called and what more do they want? >> yeah, that is really what the protest leader has asked them to spend the night here to stand their ground and they will be staying on this ground overnight.
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 6:00am EST
shinawatra and any kind of tax and regime influence as they say. this is something that is right through the last two weeks and any influence that the ruling party has because of the connection to the yingluck shinawatra the prime minister in exile and they got elections to take place in the next five to six weeks the leader of the antigovernment union saying that is not enough and spoke before we came on air but will speak again on the stage behind me in the coming hours. this is a big rallying speech because this is the final day of this type, this phase if you will of this movement. it will be interesting to see how they transition after they spend the night and transition into more of a political fight and sounds like the protest leader says they have done this part of it and gone to the street and proven their point this way and getting the goal of the resignation of the prime minist minist minister yingluck shinawatra is the big question. >> reporter: since 2001 the pew thai party has won't every election and supporters live if the rural northern provinces and democrats hav
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 10:30pm EST
rich and poor... job creation... climate change... tax policy... the economy... iran... healthcare... ad guests on all sides of the debate. >> this is a right we should all have... >> it's just the way it is... >> there's something seriously wrong... >> there's been acrimony... >> the conservative ideal... >> it's an urgent need... and a host willing to ask the tough questions >> how do you explain it to yourself? and you'll get... the inside story ray suarez hosts inside story weekdays at 5 eastern only on al jazeera america >> this isn't a new channel, this is a watershed moment in media for america. >> this entire region is utterly devastated. >> people our here are struggling. >> the fire jumped the highway we took earlier. >> your average viewer want's to actually understand how the health care law is going to help them or hurt them. >> they know they can get extremist bickering somewhere else. >> people say that we're revolutionary. our revolution is just going back to doing the best in journalism. >> this is the place to go watch high quality journalism, period. >> on americ
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 8:00pm EST
information, how much they're going to pay, tax credits they may be eligible for, but the insurance companies are not getting the correct information. here is white house spokesman jay carney. >> we have instituted a number of fixes to the so-called 834 forms, that's the vehicle by which information is transmitted to the issuers. and we believe that the majority of fixes to 834 forms have been made including significant ones made over the weekend. we expect the info to be vastly improved. we'll continue to work with issuers to make sure whatever remaining problems exist are addressed and fixed. >> and given all of those problems that still exist, still yet to be fixed the administration officials still say between now and comparing it to october 1st two months ago is night and day. >> mike viqueira at the white house, thank you. >>> young people are crucial if the affordable care program is to work by purchasing coverage younger people will help offset costs of older people who rely on healthcare services. 37% of those questioned say they're unfamiliar with the affordable care act.
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 11:00pm EST
unincorporated area home to a fifth of the residents, it would control and run schools with its own tax residence. >> it's not about starting a city, it's about education. >> it's about 100% total about education. we came into this saying we want to take accountability for the schools in our area >> critics say st george would take more than accountability. the break-up could cost the city at large $53 million - 20% of its budget and would segregate the city. baton rouge is majority black. st george would be a majority white at a 3:1 ratio. >> now we would have white kids going to school over here on this end of the parish. white kids going to school on the ordinary end of the parish and in the middle the black kids. >> there's an income disparity. residents in baton rouge earn $58,000. residents in st george make 90,000. >> we have to go back to where we are segregating ourselves. i don't see it as a win. >> it's not a trend. both the white and black middle class have been fleeing baton rouge in search of new schools. those breaking away say it's not about race, but education. >> this
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 9:00am EST
don't care, we don't know. through higher premiums and taxes. at the time we are receiving care, we have this illusion that someone else is paying for t even if we try, do a diligent job of trying to understand what things cost, we get these incomprehensible. >> you have been out spoken on how it is the biggest driver of rising healthcareh health insurance premiums but the outrageous costs have been known for years. so why hasn't the outrage over this taken us anywhere? >> it's hard to understand. we used to -- we used to say that healthcare costs couldn't rise above 10% of gdp. people would be outraged. now, it's about 18% and seems like it's just going higher. i really think that the fundamental issue is that really, people have believed that someone else is paying for their healthcare raernling themselves. this is the great illusion of healthcare, that we are not paying for it. >> is that illusion going to get worse under alabamacare? the president is making a renewed push and stressing costs. say. >> the website is working for the vast majority of people. we need to make sure that fo
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 12:00am EST
creation... climate change... tax policy... the economy... iran... healthcare... ad guests on all sides of the debate. >> this is a right we should all have... >> it's just the way it is... >> there's something seriously wrong... >> there's been acrimony... >> the conservative ideal... >> it's an urgent need... and a host willing to ask the tough questions >> how do you explain it to yourself? and you'll get... the inside story ray suarez hosts inside story weekdays at 5 eastern only on al jazeera america >> you walk into a convenience store you should expect to be recorded by aut a security came camera. but the fbi have revealed that people at at one market have been preyed on for years one person was searched and jailed for six times for tresspassing on the property. >> this is the first arrest of earl sampson caught on video by his boss. it was the summer of 2012. the 28 gerald wa 28-year-old wag soda. you can see a police officer come inside and arrest sampson at the store. politthe police call it a hot s. they don't buy that sampson was an employee. he was charged with trespassing and
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 4:00pm EST
zone in the city where tax rates are low, and creativity is high. there's reasons to love pittsburgh, and then with that culture, and that rich thans' here, there's reasons to stay. it's the pittsburgh miracle. market forces weren't going to replace the steel industry. the city clawed back. >> i cannot recall pittsburgh ever saying that we want to be like some place else. two region has said what do we need to do to make ourselves better. that fits our needs. the history of industry and research, as well as business magnets loyal to their hometown, helped them become a leadner healthcare and technology. >> successful reinvention through building on what you have. >> what exactly is being celebrated? the economic indicators don't show success, so much as a lack of failure. pittsburgh rates 50 second of the u.s.' 100 largest cities. based on job growth, unemployment, gdp, and home prices. the narrative reveal as failure of imagination among local and national leaders. he says only a national plan for jobs and equitable growth will do. >> 2500 homeless children in this area, you have an
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 9:00am EST
legalize it all. most would say legalize marijuana, tax and regulate it. stop criminalizing people for drug possession. make a commitment to treating it. for those determined to get their drugs. they'll get it from the black market. look at what the europeans have done, allowing heroin addicts getting heroin from clinics. that's not legalisation, it's a policy advancing public safety. >> if prohibition and punishment as the main punishments is breaking up, why is that happening now? >> there are many reasons. now we are seeing the public health outcomes of the failed policies, that's mostly in europe. we are seeing in latin america the violence that is increasing significantly over the last number of years. so i think on those continents there's increased unrest and disappointment with the counter policies as they stand. those are being articulated more clearly. there's a number of countries, switzerland and others, that have implemented sensible drug policies, and we have much to others. >> hasn't the international experience been buried in some places. in some places it works well, p
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 8:00pm EST
. >> soccer salaries can't touch the pay of the big three. baseball's per team luxury tax kicks in at $178 million. the nfl is $123 million. probasketball $59 million - per team. the entire mls league payroll $89 million according to their office, which each team allowed to overpay a few star players. as the sport grows maintaining this will be a challenge. >> the reality is that money talks, and players are working towards their livelihoods. they have limited careers. they want to make as much money as possible. >> the players understand they need to work with the league to grow the sport in north america, and says next year when the contract is up, they'll negotiate hard for better pay if renews grow as expected. another comment, negotiating a better broadcasting deal, which is in the works. and making the onscreen product more attractive. >> tv ratings locally and nationally have not been good. >> if america warms to the game, keeping players happy and the fan base growing, it'll be major goals for the u.s. >> still to come on al jazeera america - going to the polls. venezuelans
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 11:00pm EST
sovereign fund to manage the money generated 50 energy sector after taxes have been collected. as adam reiney reports, the energy bill is not going well with the public. >> protestors have come out in mexico city, just a day after the oil reform package was introduced in the senate. this oil reform is to make more modified the pemex, the state-run oil system. a sacred national resource. pemex was created in 1938, when the president nationalized the product. people marching on sunday say what they're most afraid of is give aways to private companies, to foreign companies, to u.s. based companies. in fact this oil reform package does create a system or would create a system of licenses to allow private companies to not only profit but also run some of the oil and gas fields in mexico. protestors focus their energy on the senate where the reform package was being debated. it's been surrounded by barricades and there is a heavy police presence. there's a clearly tense debate going on in mexico. it looks likely to pass later in the week but we'll see protests increase in size and volume as
Al Jazeera America
Dec 1, 2013 8:00pm EST
october the 1st. people that do not buy insurance are subject to tax penalties. >> violent protests intensify in ukraine's capital. it began last week to support a trade agreement. protesters are demanding the ukrainian president step down. [ chants ] >> the pro-europe protesters used sheer force of numbers to break their way back into independence square in defines of a court order, banning demonstrations in the area. there are calls for the resignation of viktor yanukovych, they are growing stronger after his decision not to sign up to a free trade pact with the european union, buckling to pressure fro moscow. >> he said he would do everything he could. it failed to apiece the protesters. >> translation: people came out to say no to the government. this government is illegal. this government does not respect human dignity or the people of ukraine. >> translation: what happened here is a revolution. i was here that night. i heard the screams. it sounded like the oppressors are were killing the people. i will stay here until the end. >> so the pro-europe protesters are back in indep
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 10:00am EST
$6 billion a year. and governments should dramatically increase the tax on tobacco. >> i think the first step is agree on the goal, making the commitment, having that commitment be widely shared, generating the political commitment above all within countries to commitment the necessary resources to the necessary health interventions. >> nevertheless do you think in the current economic environment, when you talk about $60 billion being injected into health care systems a year to reach these goals, a lot of people are going to be thinking how are cash-strapped countries going to find that money? >> what we show is that the total gain in gdp, the extra gdp, not the gdp they have now, the extra gdp they have per year represents a figure of close to $10 trillion per year. and what we're talking about is the allocation of not half of it, not a tenth of it. but well under 1% of it. two this global conversion agenda that saves 10 million lives. >>> to ask you about the risk of overburn denning health systems, of course it would be an incredible achievement, but i'm just wondering about th
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 6:00pm EST
serious to the point of all the money that the city of detroit takes in to their tax receipts and revenue, $0.40 on the dollar has to go as far as dealing with the debt that detroit has accumulated. if they did nothing that proportion would go up to $0.65 on the dollar. that is money that could not be spent on garbage collection, firefighting, and police. it's eating up a huge portion of the money that detroit wants to spend to rebuild the city. >> how could--what we are seeing and have seen in detroit, ripple out elsewhere? >> it could have an effect because there are cities that are considering a bankruptcy type of format because they are also in the red. if detroit is able to do this by cutting back on pensions that workers were promised or taking it to the unions you might see some other cities follow suit and say it worked for motown. perhaps the city of chicago, we'll talk to somebody on our show on that city. a lot of people are watching this very closely as a way to cut back on pension obligations. some are heading to federal court. >> what else are you working on? >> we have a gr
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 4:00am EST
... climate change... tax policy... the economy... iran... healthcare... ad guests on all sides of the debate. >> this is a right we should all have... >> it's just the way it is... >> there's something seriously wrong... >> there's been acrimony... >> the conservative ideal... >> it's an urgent need... and a host willing to ask the tough questions >> how do you explain it to yourself? and you'll get... the inside story ray suarez hosts inside story weekdays at 5 eastern only on al jazeera america determining using some sort of subjective interpretation of their policy as to whether or not your particular report was actually abusive, because if it doesn't contain language that specifically threatens you directly or is targeted towards you specifically, they may not consider it abuse. they may consider it offensive. and in that case they just recommend that you block that person. >> i don't want to minimise this, because i mean, there's some really horrible things that are on line, and it's not - it's not just twitter, what has happened through social media and the anonymity of the
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 8:00pm EST
are taking home the most since the 1920s. why? some suggest years of tax cuts for the wealthy, the growth of the finance and technology companies, led to wall street fat cats and techies. computers and robots have taken a lot of the jobs since the 1970s. the minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. president obama has suggested to bump it up to about $10 an hour. one study suggests the minimum wage should be really closer to $22 an hour. overall improvements in the economy are not being felt by most people which concerns the president who worries the american dream of working to a better life may be turning to just that: a dream. >> jonlt, thank you. the struggling economy has some communities threatening to take dramatic action. a wealthy neighborhood in baton rouge wants to make another city. not the only city facing this economic divide. it's been faced by other comuns who wanted to form their own city. ben where does this effort stand? >> well john it really seems like it's starting to gain some traction. this group tried over the past few years to get legislation passed to try to get th
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 10:00am EST
-shabaab was able top an elaborate tax regime had a was aimed at extracting as much money from aid agencies as possible. there were fees that aid agencies were forced to pay. it ranged from $500 to $10,000 in some cases. and there were additional taxes levied on aid agencies. they ranged from individual projects. at the same time al-shabaab was able to apply a robust monitoring and supervising of aid agencies where they recruited recipients of aid to report on humanitarian workers. in the end one could argue that these activity versus saved lives on the part of humanitarian workers, but at the same time it became a source of revenue for al-shabaab. >> so what are you recommending from this report, from your research. >> reporter: well, one of the challenges that aid agencies face are the laws and counter terrorism regimes that exist in the west. if they're exposed they could be prosecuted for this. one of the recommendations in the report there needs to be a conversation about the intent of these laws. the intent of these laws was not to starve people to death. obviously it was to
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 6:00pm EST
home the most since the 1920's. why, you ask? some suggestion the tax cuts for the wealthy, and there have been an explosion of rich bankers and millionaire techies. computers and robots have taken a lot of middle class jobs. the minimum wage is $7.25. president obama has suggested bumping it up to $10. oh productivity is pup are employees paid for as hard as they work. to adjust it minimum wage should be more like $22 an hour. 77 and the dream of working towards a better life may be just that, a dream. >> the president has paid special attention to the light t of children. >> the idea that a child may never be age to escape that poverty because she lacks decent education, healthcare, o that should offend all of us and it should hell us to action. we are a better country than this. let me repeat. the combined trends of increase inequality and decreasing mobility poses a fundamental threat of our american dream, our way of life. >> here to discuss the inequality and prospect of a minimum wage hike, louis from cornell, do you accept the president's argument that income and equality are
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 3:00am EST
taxes and bribes. the w.t.o. is trying to remove all subsidies. the deal means that some developing countries can keep them in they are needed to feed the poor. the results are yet to be seen. india is happy it can keep its subsidy. >> i view this as a victory for the farmers of india, for the farmers, for subsistence farmers of the entire developing country. there has also been a coalition of developing countries that along with its partners, with withstood all pressures. demonstrated solidarity and achieve this. >> the background to this our nt from jakarta. >> a moment of victory after the establishment of the w.t.o., they have managed to make a worldwide trade deal, a deal with trade facilitation, removing barriers and customs regulations. it will bring $1 trillion to the global market. negotiations were tough and it took them four days to seal the deal. there was a huge debate about india who want to keep subsidies in place for the poor farmers because we need to be able to feed the poor people. after a long debate with the united states european countries decided to accept the
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 2:00pm EST
things could be dealt with retrotively. things relating to the tax code they will come back and take care of them as the year gets started but that's why people are calling things like the dairy cliff an important issue. $7 for a gallon of milk is something that americans will not be happy with and they are hope that they will come some sort of bills. >> congress is under fire, for not being very productive in the last year. >> reporter: that's right. it's being called the do-nothing congress from many quarters because of the small number of actual laws that they have been able to pass. we saw them push back today, a lot of blame getting thrown out around. and john boehner pointed the finger at democrats and the counterpoint from president obama and other democrats saying there needs to be more bipartisanship and the republicans are the cause of trouble here in washington. but a lot of issues have been on the table for a long time. the farm bill has been in talks for months and a couple of key issues keep getting in the way and republicans and democrats cannot agree on them. one exam
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 1:30am EST
the artificial limb allowing the hand to perform multiple taxes simultaneously and intuffitivelntuitively. >> they are starting to implement that. eventually it will will make out to a human being. >> until then, katie walker's training hard for the 100-meter sprint. she hopes to compete in the 2016 paralympics until brazil. jason is searching for the next do. >> i try to inspire people every day because i think people give up way too easy. i do what i do. i am not super superman. i am jusjason. >> we love watching this and seeing how technology can actually, like, help people feel more human. when you think about it, it's like cold and technical, like inhuman sort of machine. but it was helping people to do things that made them feel like participate. >> thanks, phil. that was such a cool story. crystal, you've got something interesting coming up for us. >> my story will make all of you a little bit jealous. i got to study how technology is being applied to wine making. valley. >> we will check that out after this. consider this: the news of the day plus so much mo
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 2:30am EST
... climate change... tax policy... the economy... iran... healthcare... ad guests on all sides of the debate. >> this is a right we should all have... >> it's just the way it is... >> there's something seriously wrong... >> there's been acrimony... >> the conservative ideal... >> it's an urgent need... and a host willing to ask the tough questions >> how do you explain it to yourself? and you'll get... the inside story ray suarez hosts inside story weekdays at 5 eastern only on al jazeera america >> welcome back. we're talking about the pope francis effect and how the new pope is making waves and the globe, how do you not when you marriage. there is a lot of talk about what about pope's position is if these topics so we're going to try to clarify. father john what are the positions that the pope has issues? >> first of all he has talked about all these issues and by the way he is not backing away from the traditional teachings of the church. he believes it has to be put in the context of what he feels is the first proclamation, the gospel, the good news. and these teachings are not br
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 4:00am EST
... job creation... climate change... tax policy... the economy... iran... healthcare... ad guests on all sides of the debate. >> this is a right we should all have... >> it's just the way it is... >> there's something seriously wrong... >> there's been acrimony... >> the conservative ideal... >> it's an urgent need... and a host willing to ask the tough questions >> how do you explain it to yourself? and you'll get... the inside story ray suarez hosts inside story weekdays at 5 eastern only on al jazeera america >> and welcome back. tonight we're looking in depth at health care in privately run prisons in america and in the second part of his investigation, america tonight's adam may, said that in an effort to save money, privatized care has sentenced some prisoners to death. >> it's a growing trend, states looking to trim budgets. to date, at least 28 states have privatized prison care. american friend services, in arizona, since the time the state privatized the prison health care , cost dropped $30 million. 50 people died in arizona department of corrections custody in just the fi
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